College basketball team off to great start

2015-02-03 00:00

The KZN Schools basketball season is officially in full-swing and a number of schools battled it out on the courts over the weekend.


The boys from Pietermaritzburg travelled to Balgowan and had to contest with home-ground advantage.

The match started off at a quick pace and it was the hosts who scored the first basket. Not long after, College came back into the game and took a one point lead six minutes in. Michaelhouse called a time-out after College’s Tyson Dlangalala scored a well timed lay-up. College ended the quarter leading 12-6.

The visitors continued the second quarter with newfound energy, with captain Njabulo Biyela leading the show with a good turn-over that had the College crowd cheering. His teammates rallied and worked hard to affect more turnovers and converted rebounds — leaving the second quarter score reading 20-9 to College.

Biyela once again led from the front, scoring first after the half time break. College then slowed down and struggled to score baskets, only landing another nine points in the third quarter. But they extended their lead to 29-11.

Thanks to the vocal visiting crowd and stern words from their coach, College found renewed energy in the final quarter. Three successful free throws and a quality conversion from Luyanda Sibiya gave College a 47-15 win.

Bandile Ntombela top scored with nine points, while Biyela netted seven.


Westville travelled to Glenwood on Saturday on the back of a short tour to Gauteng a week ago and managed to beat their hosts comfortably in their first outing of the domestic season.

The first quarter of the match was frustrating for both sides as ball possession and consistency seemed to escape them. Turnovers dominated the quarter and it was Glenwood who edged ahead 6-5 at the break.

A number of substitutions in the second quarter saw the visitors score another 10 points to give them a 16-10 lead at the half-time break.

Westville’s defence came to the fore in third quarter, limiting Glenwood to just 4 points while landing another 11 points themselves. The visitors managed a few steals and broke away from the hosts — who struggled with their shooting accuracy.

Westville continued to dominate in the final quarter and ended up winning 45-24. Marcelle Barnard was the top scorer with 15 points. Westville managed to make a clean sweep of Glenwood across the board, with all their teams recording wins.


Meanwhile DHS managed to put double-points over Kearsney, winning 66-33 in their clash.

Kearsney travelled down to Durban for the match and faced some tough, athletic opposition in hot and dry conditions.

The visitors were in with a shout in the first quarter, trailing by just six points before losing their captain Albert Ojo-Aramokudu to a twisted ankle.

While doing their best to remain competitive, Kearsney could not capitalise on their scoring chance and drifted further behind as the quarters wore on.

They eventually had to settle for one of their largest margins of defeat in a while and will look to come back in the coming weeks.


Meanwhile Hilton travelled to Durban to take on Clifton and netted a narrow 29-27 win.

St Charles hosted Northwood in Pietermaritzburg and gave the visitors a shock, winning 80-42.

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